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Motorcycles to take over Main Street Saturday

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Saturday’s antique bike show on Norwalk’s Main Street is one of several local events to tie into Ohio Bike Week.

Roeder Harley Davidson, of Monroeville and Sandusky, has organized 10 days of rides, concerts, races and other special events to bring motorcycle riders to Huron and Erie counties.

Main Street in Norwalk will be shut down from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Case Street and Whittlesey Avenue for the uptown event.

Nancy and Fred Davis, of Norwalk, are antique bike buffs and helped organize the city’s display.

“He’s been riding a motorcycle since he was 15 and we have more than 20 antique bikes,” Nancy said, adding after her husband recovered from a bad accident on his 1971 Super Glide, he rebuilt the bike and continued to enjoy their hobby.

“We’ve had a lot of fun on them,” she said. “It is going to be a lost sport if we don’t keep it up.

“We have been all over the country and to many shows,” she added. “My husband loves it and he’s started our grandsons riding. I love to ride too.”

Davis said she and her husband have done much of the legwork for the day and they anticipate a bigger crowd than last year.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. bikes will displayed and children can get their pictures taken sitting on various bikes.

Davis and her husband will bring a 1060 Harley Davidson Super 10 Lightweight, a 1959 Indian, a 1976 Triumph and a 2005 HD Sportster.

Events for Bike Week will begin in Huron County today at Roeder’s Monroeville location on Ohio 20 with a rally from 2 to 5 p.m. and a ride to the Kick-Start Party at the Sandusky location at 6:30 p.m.

Everyone attending the rally will have the chance to win two all-access passes for Bike Week events, which cost $125 each and include $300 of activities. All bikers who join in the ride, led by Jess Roeder, will get VIP parking in Sandusky.

To celebrate Bike Week, Monroeville’s Roeder has created a special feature – Pub 94. The temporary pub was named in honor of Roeder founder George Roeder, who raced as number 94.

Kim Kimball Smith, who has helped organize the events, said Pub 94 will feature vendors selling chicken, hot dogs with many variations, sandwiches and drinks.

“We took the George Roeder pavilion, added picnic tables and gave it a race feel,” she said. Non-profit groups  - Make A Wish, the Humane Society of Huron County and St. Joseph School – will keep all profits they make from food sales at the pub.

If this first attempt at bringing food and drink into the Harley Davidson outlet is successful, Smith said, the dealership will consider using it for other events.

Pinstripers will be available at the rally for work on bikes at the Monroeville location, Smith said.

Bike week will include major events such as concerts by Ted Nugent and Travis Tritt. Brochures listing the entire agenda are available at both the Monroeville and Sandusky locations of Roeder.

She explained that the Roeder family planned several events to include the Monroeville location in Bike Week activities.

“Since Sandusky has become so popular, they want to focus on where the business started,” Smith said.

In addition to Pub 94, which will be open on Saturday and Sunday this week and Thursday through Sunday next week, dirt track races will be held at the Huron County Fairgrounds and AHDRA racers will be at Summit Motorparks, east of Norwalk.

George Roeder’s sons Jess and Geo till take part in the dirt bike races and son Will and his wife, Julie, and daughter, Jessica Benfer, are also leading the 10-day celebration.

Geo will lead the ride from Monroeville to Sandusky on Saturday, Will is slated to head the ride on Sunday, Jess will lead on Tuesday and Will is in the lead on Thursday. All riders who drive from Monroeville to Sandusky will get VIP parking.

Monroeville’s Roeder will also have a bike wash on Thursday.

Throughout the 10 day celebration, Roeder has organized more than 100 activities including bands, shows and special events to entertain bikers.

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